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Who can bring a Wrongful Death claim?
Most often, a surviving spouse or minor child is the client. However, California law can provide for claims from parents, adult children, siblings and other relatives. If the client is a minor child, the Courts will require that a blocked account be set up until the minor reaches the age of 18. California does not recognize common law marriage; however, you should always call a lawyer to see if your situation is covered under the law. The consultation is free.
What if a person dies after an accident but before bringing a personal injury lawsuit?
It depends on whether a person dies as a result of the injuries or from unrelated causes. If a person is injured and subsequently dies because of those injuries, that person’s heirs may recover money through a lawsuit. If a person with a personal injury claim dies from unrelated causes, a limited claim may still be available to the estate of the decedent. You should contact a lawyer to determine your rights.
What is the difference between a civil and criminal case for wrongful death?
In a criminal case, the government seeks to punish someone for a crime. A civil case seeks money. The burden of proof is lower in a civil case.